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Laboratory confirmation of an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens food poisoning.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  188789     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A foodborne outbreak in a group of eleven individuals sharing a common meal, eight of whom reported symptoms and an incubation period compatible with Clostridium perfringens food poisoning, was confirmed by the following laboratory criteria: (a) the C. perfringens count in the suspect food, chicken pie, was at least 10(5) per gram; (b) the median fecal C. perfringens spore count in convalescing patients was greater than 10(6) per gram: (c) an indentical serotype (PS63) was isolated from both the food and fecal specimens; and (d) the C. perfringens isolates from most of the patients (8 out of 10) were of the same serotype. The results confirm the usefulness of fecal spore counts and serotyping in implicating C perfringens in food poisoning outbreaks.
D A Schiemann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health laboratory science     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0017-9035     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Lab Sci     Publication Date:  1977 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-03-31     Completed Date:  1977-03-31     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374650     Medline TA:  Health Lab Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  35-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Clostridium Infections / epidemiology*
Clostridium perfringens / isolation & purification*
Disease Outbreaks / epidemiology*
Feces / microbiology
Food Microbiology*
Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology*,  microbiology
Middle Aged

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